The great state of Maine, located in the north east corner of the United States, is known for its forests and rugged coastline. It is the land of lighthouses and lobsters. We know there are a lot of factors that go into the choice of a law school. These factors include the cost of the education, the curriculum offered, the location, the school ranking, and many personal considerations. If access to fresh Maine lobster appeals to you while you are attending law school, there is only one place to go, the University of Maine School of Law.
The University Maine School of Law is located in Portland, ME , a charming seaside city in the south eastern part of the state with a rich maritime history. The city is a hundred miles north of Boston, Massachusetts and about 200 miles south of the Canadian Border. Portland is the largest city in Maine with a population of about 66,000, according to the 2010 census.
The University of Main School of Law (Maine Law) is one of the smallest law schools in the country with a total student body of about 250 students in 2016. They pride themselves on being a close-knit community of students, alumni, and faculty. The school is a second tier school according to the U.S. News ranking system. Of the U.S. News ranked schools, Maine Law's tuition is slightly less than half way between the most expensive law schools and the cheapest. It is an accredited school with the American Bar Association (ABA).
Maine Law's required disclosures for the ABA, Standard 509 Information report for 2016 indicate that the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores acceptable for admission to the school range from 147 to 155. The requirements for LSAT scores change on a yearly basis and should be checked, whatever school you choose. Historically the school has a bar pass rate of 71% for the Maine Bar.
The Maine Bar Association has a commitment to diversity and is credited with licensing the first African American, Macon Bolling Allen, to practice law in the United States in 1844. Keeping with those traditions, Maine Law named its first African American dean, Danielle Conway, in 2015. Ms. Conway comes to Maine with impressive credentials as a teacher and lawyer. When the search was conducted for a new dean, the school says they did not set out to hire the first African American, they just set out to hire the best candidate and they found that candidate in Danielle Conway.
The University of Maine School of Law's Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program has the standard first year law required courses. The second and third year comprise mostly of electives, but Legislative and Administrative Law and Professional Responsibility courses are required for graduation. Students must also have six credits of Professional Skills and satisfactorily complete the Upper Level Writing Requirement.
In addition to the usual assortment of politicians and lawyers that most law schools count as alumni, Maine Law boosts of famed Baltimore Orioles' sports announcer, Gary Thorne, and mystery writer, Julia Spencer-Fleming.
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